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North India, Gujarat, Kachchh, 19th century

A pair of gold ear ornaments, TOTI with a convex-shaped front plate kundan set with foiled, faceted rose cut diamonds, foiled rubies and cabochon emeralds, the whole rounded with a rim of small pearls and an outer line of small gold balls.
The TOTI has a large plug at the back for the lobe, a screw with an attached back-plate keeps the ornament in place.

Research report by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre available on request